Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part IV (09 May 2020)

Part IV:
Score!

Bam! I have to admit, this was a glorious catch. It was my first one-handed Nerodia catch while floating in a kayak in a salt marsh on a windy day. Heh. It was a close call, but the catch was made indeed, safely for both the snake and for myself. I was certainly grateful for it. I had a blast macro photographing this beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Nerodia fasciata pictiventris. 

As I noted earlier, these salt marsh Banded watersnakes didn’t really exhibit strong phenotypic patterning you might expect from an actual salt marsh snake, Nerodia clarkii. Each of the four Nerodia I found on this day were pretty solidly Nerodia fasciata. I would say that the ventral base tone was yellower than I typically see in centra Florida, and each of the individuals was a bit smaller than a typical adult, but the latter could simply be an age thing. 

For the next few posts, we’ll check out some macro-framed studies of this fourth and final Nerodia fasciata pictiventris photograhed in the salt marshes of the Tomoka Basin. 

GENUS NERODIA

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake;
Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020).
Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

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